Indian Summer Crabapple
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Indian Summer Crabapple is a dependable, disease-resistant Crabapple tree that has stood the test of time. This handsome ornamental tree will grace your garden with loads of rose-red flowers in spring and hundreds of glossy red fruits in fall. In winter, you’ll want to pull up a chair by the window and watch the birds pick off the crab apples one by one. Indian Summer is easy to grow, even in clay soil and urban landscapes. Hey, city birds need food, too! For you backyard orchardists, Indian Summer Crab is also a good pollinator for many kinds of eating apples.
- Hardiness Zone: 4-8
- Spacing: 18-20'
- Exposure: Full Sun
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There are hundreds of varieties of Apples and Crabapples available today (a Crabapple is an Apple with fruits less than two inches wide). Bob Simpson of Vincennes, Indiana was one contributor to this smorgasbord and was responsible for introducing several respected varieties, including Indian Summer. Simpson Nursery—one of the nation’s oldest nurseries—grew fruit trees (mainly Apples, Peaches, and Cherries) for much of its history. Bob switched the emphasis to ornamental plants in 1968, but he always loved fruiting plants, even if the fruits were only for the birds.
Indian Summer Crabapple is a nice addition to a wildlife garden, a specimen tree planted by a window, planted in groves or along your driveway - the possibilities are endless! Rosy red flowers bloom in spring (perfect for honeybees), bright red crabapples appear in fall (perfect for visiting birds) and the fall color isn't too shabby either!
How to Grow
Flowering Crabapples grow well in a wide range of soil conditions and should be planted in a sunny area of your yard; they can tolerate very light shade as well. As with all trees, keep your newly planted Crabapple watered. Don’t keep the soil too wet, however, moist soil is fine. Crabapples also like fertilizer, the more you give them – the more they grow. Once a year apply a simple tree fertilizer during fall to help promote new growth and flowers for the following season. Pruning Flowering Crabapples is fairly easy. Prune branches after your Crabapple is done flowering and cut off any suckers around the base of your tree whenever they appear.
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Size B Trees:
6-8' tall. Grown in our #15 tree container in this size with strong stem caliper near 1 1/2". Fully developed canopy and form for this smaller growing flowering tree.
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